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TE TOHU NUI
Rotorua Boys’ High School
TE KURA TAMATĀNE O ROTORUA
The Senior Management Team and the Director of Boarding have used research-based practices to implement effective teaching practices that connect with the identity, language and culture of each student and develop educationally powerful connections with parents and whānau.
I whāia e te Rōpū Kaiwhakahaere me te Kaiwhakahaere Whare Noho ngā tikanga o te rangahau hei whakarite i ngā tikanga whakaako whaihua e hono atu ana ki te tuakiri, te reo me te ahurea o ia ākonga mā reira e mārō ai te hononga whaitake ki ngā mātua me ngā whānau.
A sweeping view of a grand two-storey school building. Words above its entrance read: Ad Astra Per Aspera, and below this, Whāia Te Iti Kahurangi. A purple banner appears at the bottom of the screen with overlapping triangles in purple and teal at the start. Text in the banner reads: Rotorua Boys’ High School, Bay of Plenty. Rows of teenage boys in blazers and ties perform a haka in the carpark outside the two-storey school building. A trio of boys wearing red and blue uniform windbreaker jackets walk across a cobbled area in front of a building with a shield emblem above its large windows.
(Man): Through effective leadership, Rotorua Boys' High School is supporting Māori success as Māori for students in the school hostel.
Inside a classroom with rows of red seats, a man wearing a shirt and tie sits with four students, showing them something on a laptop. A large group of students in their red and blue windbreakers gather around the teacher. A woman with her long brown hair tied back wears a red scarf. She speaks animatedly, moving her hand. A troupe of students in beige-coloured shirts perform a haka. A teenager boy with short dark hair does a pūkana. Teens in street clothes sit at white tables, eating a meal at night.
(Woman): Positive male role-modelling, high expectations of student behaviour and a strong connection with te reo me ngā tikanga Māori are embedded in daily hostel life.
A woman with shoulder-length auburn hair uses a stethoscope on a student in a sick bay bed. The student has a blood pressure cuff around his right arm. A man in a white shirt sits with students studying at a table. Open exercise books are laid out in front of them. A young blonde child in a yellow hoodie smiles and excitedly copies the hand movements of a teenage boy who wears a black jacket bearing the emblem of the Chiefs rugby team. Students in a classroom lean forward as they write in their exercise books.
(Woman): Regular access to medical staff and guidance counselling and strong relationships with housemasters and their families immerse students in a supportive, safe environment.
In a library, a woman in a denim jacket sits beside a teenage boy in a striped school blazer. They look over documents with a man in a white shirt. A man in a checked shirt and brown shoes also sits at the table. The library wall beside their table is covered in a thick mat of plastic plants. A man in a hoodie enters a dorm room with two students. The room has a set of wooden bunk beds against one wall. One of the boys opens a drawer to show the man neatly stored clothes. In the school library, a student in a beige-coloured polo shirt stands at a table. He reads from a cue card. A student sits at the table beside him, and a third, wearing the red and blue windbreaker, stands watching as he holds a document. A group of students at a different library table applaud.
(Man): Housemasters contribute to individual education plans, with strong participation from whānau in academic review days. Boarders now have 100 percent pass rates in NCEA and the school’s highest rate of excellence endorsements.
What the judges said
Ngā kōrero a ngā kaiwhakawā
The school demonstrated that there have been significant shifts in the outcomes for these students and that the hostel provides 24-hour learning opportunities. There is a strong element of whānau infrastructure and involvement with the hostel. The entry shows the students are thriving in this environment.
Nā tēnei kura anō i whakaatu mai inā kē te nekehanga o ngā huanga mō ēnei ākonga, nōtemea ka tuku huarahi ako tēnei wharenoho, i te ao, i te pō. He wāhi nui tō te whanau ki ngā whakahaere a te wharenoho. Ka mutu, kei tēnei tono e tino kitea ana te tipu ora o ngā ākonga.